'Tornado Hunt' Car Hit by Tornado
Weather Channel crew is shaken up, but fine
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2013 6:41 AM CDT
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(Newser) – One of the hazards of driving a "tornado hunt" car is that sometimes the tornado finds you first. A crew from the Weather Channel learned that yesterday when their vehicle got thrown about 200 yards by a tornado outside Oklahoma City. "It was like we were floating," says meteorologist Mike Bettes. "We were airborne [at] at least one point and we were floating. Then we weren't tumbling anymore and we came down hard." He said the crew was shaken up with some minor bumps and bruises but otherwise fine. (The Oklahoma storms killed nine people.)

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1freeusa
Jun 2, 2013 3:09 PM CDT
Just goes to show, dont get to confident when fooling with mother nature. Or she will make an example of you.
Libris_Fidelis
Jun 2, 2013 2:55 AM CDT
Because of the dumb-shit way that Newser presented this, I had to edit two of my statements below because going further into the links DOES show their stupidity... they drove around slowed traffic and when the guy saw they were going right into the tornado and like an adolescent kid he told everyone over the radio or cell phone to KEEP GOING !!! No, this WAS stupid!!!! They were lucky they were not all killed and the guy being interviewed continued so cluelessly without even acknowledging how stupid it was to continue into the tornado's path !!!! But, the non-stupid ones do a valuable service. They CONFIRM the details which has saved many lives! In addition to BCS's statement, tornados do not have to be singular... I don't know this but just watching eddies in water (somewhat similar as air movement) there possibly can be a pair of tornados but I have never heard of that.
BCS
Jun 1, 2013 11:05 AM CDT
Try finding a rush like that at an amusement park. Ain't happening They approach these storms from the backside so that the storm isn't coming toward them. That's why we don't hear about this type of thing more often. However these meso-cyclones (rotating super cells) which produce tornadoes, also rotate along with moving in a forward direction. So the tornado can rapidly backtrack in a looping motion. That sounds like what may have happened here.